As America gets ready to celebrate the 4th of July, I am reflecting on my own independence. The rock n roll business can take your individuality away, if one is not careful. I was always aware of this poignant fact. I had to reach deep to remain true to myself while looking to forward my success and forge my own personal and musical identity. As a young artist I was unable to keep my stride in the presence of all the struggle. In 1997 I became an independent artist and began recording my debut album SELF on my own terms and using my own money. It was not until I decided to become totally independent that I began to understand the power of one’s own determination without conflict and turmoil from outside sources that are suppose to be on your side.
On this 4th of July I salute all independent thinkers. Some of us start there and some of us travel long and winding roads to get there. Now let me get started on my barbecue as this is the ideal time for me to devour one of my favorite holiday treats!